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Honeybee drone designed to aid in pollination

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Senior industrial design major at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Anna Haldewang was given an interesting project by her professor: "create a self-sustainable object that stimulates the growth of plants." Having been struck by reports regarding diminishing honeybee populations, Haldewang wanted to help. In response, she designed Plan Bee, a smartphone-controlled robotic drone designed to mimic the way honeybees pollinate crops and flowers. The small yellow-and-black drone consists of a lightweight “foam core, plastic-shell body, and pair of propellers" for flight. The drone uses suction to retrieve the pollen, which is then held inside the body of the drone, and then deposited onto other plants for cross-pollination later. Haldewang has applied for a patent for her design, and hopes to bring the drone to market in two years. Potential applications for the drone include personal gardening, commercial farming and hydroponic farming. 

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